Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda heads to the Honda Indy Toronto race this weekend aiming to bounce back from a difficult race last time out in Iowa with a strong result on the streets of Toronto.
Dixon who heads into the race weekend with an eight point advantage over Helio Castroneves in the battle for the championship with just six races remaining knows what it takes to win here having taken both victories here in 2013 and speaking ahead of the race the Iceman commented by saying:
Toronto is one of the longest-running street courses around and it’s always a challenging layout to master. It’s similar to Detroit, in that you have a number of surface changes and areas that you really need the car balanced in order to manage the rough downtown roads and streets. We know what it takes to win there and hope to get a quick start and be a contender at race’s end when it counts.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda starts his 277th consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series race this weekend in Toronto and heads north having finished the the Iowa Corn 300 last time out in ninth place.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, the Brazilian commented by saying:
Toronto is one of my favorite stops on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The atmosphere is a lot of fun to race in and the history is so strong. The street course can be difficult, but there’s so many passing opportunities that make for a great race for the fans and the drivers. We had a decent weekend in Iowa last weekend, but I think we had so much more potential for a good result. We are way overdue for a good race result, so hopefully, we can make it happen this weekend in Toronto.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda is excited to return to Toronto saying:
Toronto is just a great city and I love going there. The Canadian fans always show up and are into the race and follow along very closely. We qualified mid-pack there last year, learned a lot in the race and completed all 85 laps. I think that gives us a solid foundation to build on and we want to improve on what we did last year and get a strong result for the Gallagher team.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 NovoNordisk Honda is looking forward to the race this weekend saying:
I’m looking forward to getting back into street course mode this week for the Honda Indy Toronto, and hopefully, we can recreate some of the magic from our podium finish in 2012. Toronto is easily a favorite stop on our tour. The city is so vibrant, and the Canadian fans at the track help make the weekend a lot of fun for us drivers, too. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team had a strong car last year, finishing just outside the top 10, but I know we’re better than that. Each time we roll out to pit lane our goal is to finish up front, so that’s what we’ll be working toward again this weekend.